May is Jewish Heritage Month. It is the result of a proclamation issued in 2006 by President George W. Bush that followed the anniversary and nationwide celebration of 350 years of Jews in America.
Since then, Jewish historical societies around the country mark Jewish Heritage Month with events that remind us of our contributions to American life. Our own local Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest is no exception.
During the month of May, the Jewish Historical Society is participating in a celebration of Morristown Jewish Center’s 80th anniversary of the opening of its building in 1929; presenting a lecture and slide program, “From Prince Street to Main Street: Newark’s Synagogues on the Road to the Suburbs” in celebration of Congregation Oheb Shalom’s 150th anniversary; sponsoring Dr. Edward Shapiro’s lecture “The Bombing of Auschwitz” to members of Cafe Europa; featuring photographs of MetroWest’s multi-generational families at the Waldor Library at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany; and showing a student-inspired exhibition, “The Jewish Experience in Newark from 1840-1950” on the Whippany campus.
This May we’re celebrating truly great history: MetroWest history. We invite our Jewish News readers to celebrate Jewish Heritage Month with us.
Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest